§ MR. JOSEPH DEVLIN
I beg to ask the Postmaster-General whether he is aware that, owing to the postal arrangements in the rural district of Aghalee, county Antrim, the daily Newspaper cannot be had until the day after publication; and that the only delivery from the post offices of Aghalee, Aghagallon, and Lower Ballinderry, county Antrim, Ireland, takes place at 6 a.m.; and, if so, will he undertake that better postal facilities be provided for the people of that district.
It is the fact that' newspapers published in Dublin or Belfast cannot be delivered by post the same day at the places mentioned. I regret, however, that no improvement is practicable as the cost of the present service is so high as to preclude me from incurring additional expenditure for a second post in the day. The present delivery, as the hon. Member states, begins at 6 a.m., and it would be necessary to postpone it for at least five hours if the newspapers in question had to be included.